Accessing Accommodations

Accessing services (Student Responsibilities)

  • Schedule appointment with the Accessible Education Services (formerly Disability Services) office to request services
  • Provide appropriate disability documentation
  • Request reasonable accommodations in a timely manner
  • Discuss in-class accommodations with the professors *
  • Notify the Accessible Education Services (formerly Disability Services) office of any barriers to equal opportunity

*Some students in the graduate programs request total confidentiality. In those cases, the liaison of the particular program and the Accessible Education Services (formerly Disability Services) office will facilitate the accommodations.


Willamette University provides support for individuals with a diagnosed disability that creates a limitation in the academic setting (e.g., learning, visual, hearing, psychiatric, chronic illness, etc.). Appropriate documentation needs to be on file with this office to receive reasonable accommodations and services.

Documentation Guidelines

  • Identification of the nature and extent of the disability
  • A history of the condition and accommodations received
  • Qualitative information supporting the diagnosis
  • Specific information on the functional limitation as relevant to the academic environment
  • Names of any assessment instruments used
  • Description of the current course of treatment including medication side effects
  • Prognosis for the disability
  • Recommended reasonable accommodations
  • Recency of the documentation depends on the nature of the disability and is considered on a case by case assessment of the impact of the disability on academic performance

The diagnostician must be impartial, not a family member of the student, and be a practitioner in the specific area of the diagnosis. It is the student’s responsibility to provide documentation to the Accessible Education Services (formerly Disability Services) office; preferably, as soon as the student is admitted. It is the University’s prerogative to determine if the documentation meets its standards and whether eligibility criteria is met. Costs associated with diagnosis, evaluation, and testing are the responsibility of the student. Referral sources are available.

Letter of Academic Accommodations

The letter of Academic Accommodations becomes the eligibility verification that the student takes to the professor(s) at the beginning of each semester. It is highly recommended that students request this letter within the first two weeks of classes and deliver it to his/her professor. Students have the opportunity to review the accommodations with the Coordinator of Accessible Education Services (formerly Disability Services) at the beginning of each semester.

Decision Review Process

This information is also available in print by request.